Private Carey served several enlistments from Windham, Connecticut, including that of artillery officer under Captains Richard Lamb and Kingsley, Colonel Jeduthan Baldwin, Continental Troops, Revolutionary War. He fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill, at New York Cory at the time of its surrender to the British at the Battle of Trenton and Valley Forge.  

In 1782, Levi married Ruth Goodrich, born June 25, 1766, in Scotland, Windham County, Connecticut. They had 11 children. His son Zenas Carey served as a Captain in the War of 1812. Zenas Carey’s son Charles Byron Carey later served in the Grand Army of the Republic in the Civil War between the States.

Levi Carey spent the last years of his long life living with his son Zenas in Richland Township, Oswego County, New York. He died at the age of 90 on February 6, 1845, in Richland Township and is buried at Maple View Cemetery at Mexico, Oswego County, New York.